The 1966 Dodgers utilized a four-man rotation, one that featured three future Hall of Famers and the fourth, the black sheep, pitched for 18 years and was a two-time 20-game winner. That year, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Claude Osteen and Don Sutton combined to make 154 of the team’s 162 starts. You don’t see rotations like that anymore.
Even as recently as 2019, the Mets had fairly healthy starters, albeit with a five-man rotation. Four of the five Mets starters combined for 125 starts. Jason Vargas started the year in the rotation and was there until he was dealt at the trade deadline, replaced by Marcus Stroman, who was acquired in a different deadline deal. If we combine Vargas and Stroman into one guy, the Mets’ five starters made 154 starts, just like the Dodgers’ quartet in 1966.
It’s been a different story for the Mets since 2019.
In the Covid year, the Mets used 10 different starters in a 60-game season. In 2021, the top five pitchers in starts combined for just 110. Last year, the top five accumulated 130 but that comes with an asterisk, as the club’s top two pitchers combined for just 34 starts.
This year the Mets’ five starters 30 or older, including 40-year-old Justin Verlander. What are the odds that the five veterans can combine for 154 starts? Not many people would give that a good chance of happening. But what is a reasonable total for this quintet? How many starts will Verlander, Max Scherzer, Kodai Senga, Jose Quintana and Carlos Carrasco make?
How many starts will the Mets' five preferred starters make in 2023?
- 121-140 (64%, 7 Votes)
- 100-120 (27%, 3 Votes)
- 141 or more (9%, 1 Votes)
- Fewer than 100 (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 11